The heat underneath the pan has to be perfect. Not too high or too low so that the chemistry between the egg yolks and butter can take care of the rest and slowly melt into a creamy mix. If you’re brave enough you can try to make this sauce in a warm water bath or bain-marie.I often order steak bernaise in a restaurant as a test (same thing for shrimp croquettes or crab cakes). It tells you a lot about how a chef runs his or her kitchen. Homemade bernaise sauce? Good job! From a jar or straight out of the freezer into the microwave? Meh. Making a bernaise sauce recipe is time consuming, I agree. But if a restaurant charges an extra 4 or 5 bucks for it, I don’t expect a wobbly glue.
You’ll love this bernaise sauce recipe: homemade creamy tarragon and butter sauce, a great sauce to try out for your next steak dinner!! Bearnaise, a French classic. Also check out my white asparagus with smoked salmon and homemade dill béarnaise sauce!
- 2 freshly cooked steaks
- 1 egg yolk
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) dry white wine
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) red or white wine vinegar
- a good handful fresh tarragon, chopped
- 1 large shallot, chopped very finely
- 3,5 oz (100 g) cold unsalted butter, diced
- Bring the chopped shallot, the dry white wine and the red or white wine vinegar to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Season with a pinch of pepper and salt.
- Let the liquid reduce fully for a couple of minutes. Then take the pan off the heat and let the cooked shallots cool for about 5 minutes. Put the saucepan back over very low heat. Add the egg yolk to the cooled shallot.
- Whisk vigorously to keep the yolk from scrambling. Keep the pan over very low heat and keep on whisking until the yellow yolk sauce gets a sabayon like consistency.
- One by one add small pieces of the cold unsalted butter to the pan and continuously move the butter around on a fork until it has fully melted. Then add another bit of butter. Keep the heat very low.
- Keep stirring in bits of butter. The bernaise sauce takes a while to come together. It needs to be done carefully so don't hurry. Add as much butter as you want. The sauce should have slightly thickened but at the same time stay light and creamy.
- Stir constantly. Then check the seasoning in the end and add extra pepper or salt to taste if necessary. Add the freshly chopped tarragon as well. When this is done, turn the heat off and let the bernaise sauce rest for another 3 minutes.
- Transfer the cooked steaks onto warm plates. Serve with the bernaise sauce.